Undesirable, unsightly body bulges are commonplace in America, even in circles where proper dieting and exercise are followed. It is the reason why liposuction has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. For the properly selected candidates, substantial improvement in body contour can be accomplished in expert hands. Target areas include neck, arms, armpits, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, back, flanks, hips, buttocks, knees, calves and ankles.
Liposuction is no substitute for weight loss. In fact it is best suited for those who are close to their ideal body weight but have stubborn fatty deposits that never seem to go away regardless of weight. In fact, this subset of patients are often the most satisfied since the results can be more exacting.
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Liposuction is very effective and safe when performed for reasonable candidates by an experienced plastic surgeon. Because it is a relatively simple concept of vacuuming extra fat with a magic wand, a wide range of physicians and surgeons offer liposuction services. Simply said, this is an easy procedure to perform, but a difficult one to do well and safely. There can be no doubt that results are closely related to experience. When liposuction is performed for the right patients in a correct manner, complications are minimized. The list of things that can go wrong is lengthy and needs to be discussed directly with each patient, but the most common is unreasonable expectations for the less ideal candidates.
Multiple techniques are available. The most common involves mechanical removal of the fat with a suction device after a specially prepared solution is injected into the fatty deposits. However, there are some methods that apply ultrasound or laser assistance. Regardless of the methodology applied, the most important factor for obtaining natural and satisfactory results is experience with the chosen tools.
Healing varies according to individual circumstances. In general, the more that is liposuctioned, the longer the convalescence. Most candidates return to work in a week or even less, but some symptoms of healing can persist for months.
Dr. Eric Okamoto will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding liposuction and any other procedure we offer. Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.